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Dodge Caliber MPG-Real World Numbers

PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
With the price of fuel being what it is, the mileage you're getting is becoming more important. This is the place to discuss the mileage performance you're getting out int he real world.

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  • Just wondering if all the caliber owners reporting MPG are doing it by calculating it at the gas pump and odometer or using the in-car system. I think its been shown time and time again that the in-car MPG ratings are very generous and overestimate milage.
  • zugislandzugisland Posts: 21
    Frogger, I ve been doing the MPG calc manually aslo and thetrip computerhas beenvery accurate......so farwith 1500 the best ive done is 25.4 mpg per tank ....so I am slightly disapointed with that so far...the dealer says break in will improve it...those that have posted 27 mpg .what enginedo you have? I have the 2.0 L sxt sport fwd variant....I also concur with the mssg re the cup holders....but other wise love the car so far....also this is the 1st car ive had in awhile w/o heated mirrors....they did freeze up with some snow fall and it was hard to see out of them....cant believe this is not an option at all...any thoughts?
  • canoenutcanoenut Posts: 12
    Thanks for your input. I've taken the gamble on ordering a Caliber SXT 1.8 w/5-speed. Looking forward to finding out what my real-life mileage per gallon will be. I also was hoping for the heated mirrors like the VW Golf, Focus, etc. and don't understand that DCX wouldn't offer them with the heated seats option.
  • lexan1965lexan1965 Posts: 118
    I have a 2.0 liter on my Caliber SXT (2wd) and have gotten 27mpg consistently. I just recently changed the oil and put Mobil 1 synthetic in the engine. I now have 2200 miles on it and am testing the gas mileage manually as I did'nt get that option on my car. I'll post my gas mileage average after a few tanks of gas.
    I was also surprised the SXT model I bought did'nt have cruise control on it. The dealer told me they would give it to me at cost as soon as the kits become availible. It's the only "other" thing I wanted on my Caliber so I'll have to wait until they send the cruise control kits out to the dealers.
  • I thought cruise was standard on the SXT? What color did you get?

    CB
  • lexan1965lexan1965 Posts: 118
    I bought a caliber in the "inferno red" which in my opinion is the best color they have. :shades: I would have thought the SXT's would have cruise as being standard but alas...it did not.
  • zugislandzugisland Posts: 21
    folks there as been a few posts with 27 to 29 mp combined...i have 2400 miles on mine now and still havent gotten better then 25.5 mpg ....i admit i drive a touch aggresive but most of my driving is highway....any other oomments would be appreciated
  • I bought my new Caliber SXT 2.0 about two weeks ago, I have not been getting the clamed gas mileage, I have run about two tanks through it and I am only getting 24 or 25 miles per gallon even though most of my driving is on the highway. Today the check engine light came on, I took it in to the Dodge dealer and they said it was an ambient air sensor error; They told me Chrysler knows about the problem but would not have a software fix until April or May. They told me not to park it in a warm garage and then drive into the cold because the car thinks something has gone wrong when it sees a sudden temperature change. I am loosing faith fast, It may have been best to wait until they had all the bugs worked out.
  • I have 1100 miles on my SXT 2.0. It gets the advertised 26-30 mpg. This is about the same MPG as my last compact car, which weighed much less and had none of the Caliber's style or versatility.

    I park in a warm garage every night and I have not had the check engine light problem, but this appears to be something that will not be dificult to fix. DCX needs to get the new programming road-tested before they tell everyone that this is the "fix", that's probably why you were asked to wait.

    As I've said before, the positves on this car far outweigh any negatives. Everyone I've showed mine to is amazed at the style, safety, quality, and versatility that less than $17k will buy.
  • zugislandzugisland Posts: 21
    24--25 mpg with mostly hwy driving and alsmot 2200 miles now...will switch to mobil one soon .....no engine light problem but am getting significant torgue steer from a dead stop.....anyone else experiencing this....took it to the dealer and they were dumbfounded althought they did correct it slightly ....anyeon getting better mileage ar eyou in a warm weather state? i am in michigan and it has been consitenly cold here...
  • lexan1965lexan1965 Posts: 118
    I just went over 3000 miles on my 2.0 liter Caliber and I'm getting between 27 to almost 30 mpg. I drive about 70% highway miles to and from work. I did change my oil at about 1500 miles and used Mobil 1 synthetic 5w 20. After that I checked mpg and was getting 29.6 mpg. So, whether it was the engine breaking in or the synthetic oil or maybe both.
  • My SXT CVT has about 1700 miles now. MPG has increased to about 28 to 30 overall. This is a little bit better than my previous small car, which was not as heavy or versatile and was rated higher than it actually got(2004 Saturn Ion Auto.) CVT has very smooth operation. I believe the CVT is the same one that will be used in the upcoming Nissan Versa. Very solid car overall. As for the PT cruiser, it is versatile, but it was only rated 25 mpg highway, so the Caliber is better in both categories, in my opinion. :)
  • i GOT MY SXT SPORT ON WEDNESDAY. i HAD TO DRIVE FROM NORTHERN OREGON TO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA (650 MILES) IN ONE DAY. i WAS ONLY ABLE TO GET 88 MILES ON THE CAR AROUNd TOWN BEFORE THE TRIP STARTED.

    i GOT A solid 30 MPGs this first run. I'm very pleased with that. what do you think? also should i be worried that such a long hwy trip happened before having adequate break in tme?
    thanks!
  • :D Relax, the service manager at the dealer where I ordered my SXT Sport 1.8 5 speed told me that there is no break in period for these engines, just get in and DRIVE!!!
  • 79customd79customd Posts: 87
    So was most of the trip on the highway at road speeds? I ask because we rescently took a trip to the Peidmont of NC( 580 miles round trip ) with our 2005 Chevy 2500 HD Duramax deisel crew cab 4x4 and got an impressive 21.6mpg!

    I like the 30mpg, but that is not significantly higher than what you can get in a truck that is 4 thousand pounds heavier, can fit a family of five in, tow a 12k trailer and haul a load MUCH GREATER than that of a compact. I will admit though we are kinda granny drivers though so guys who like to give her the whip can fly by us and get ther faster but we hold the speed limit. I hope that there are some people who are getting upper to mid 30s range mpg, b/c that is not to impressive in my opinion to make me step dowwn the scale so far in capability.

    My dads old 99 GMC K1500 gets 22.5mpg, and its an old 5.7L V8 old classic version( old body style ) My old 1979 Custom Deluxe lacking overdrive will probably get 20MPG or there about even though its a 6 cylinder.

    Any other mileage figures on the Caliber on trips or highway cruises that top 30mpg or is that about all you can squeeze out.
  • kato1kato1 Posts: 64
    "Any other mileage figures on the Caliber on trips or highway cruises that top 30mpg or is that about all you can squeeze out. "

    the highest highway mpg rating for any of the caliber is 32 mpg, chrysler, gm , ford historically seem to struggle to meet these numbers in the real world, where several of the asian automakers come close to achieving or exceeding their numbers, which are already quite a bit higher than 32 mpg. the pt cruiser is a perfect example: rarely were drivers able to achieve the epa numbers, which were pretty low as it was. the caliber does not possess a particularly fuel efficient engine, is not aerodynamic, and is way too heavy. 30 mpg is probably about as good as its gonna get. its really disappointing that dam/cry has nothing to offer in the compact segment (AND YES THE CALIBER IS IN THIS SEGMENT) to attract those looking for fuel efficiency and versatility--see: matrix/vibe, nissan versa, honda fit,et al. sorry to offend anyone, but when your MOST fuel efficient version is rated at 32 mpg, that is downright embarrassing.
  • oh, i should have stated that my last car was a crappy subaru in bad shape that got 14 mpg! so i am getting 2x what i was a month ago.

    also, i was expecting 25 mpg after reading the forum and other's experiences. and since this was the first tank of gas and i'm still under 800 miles on the car, it can only het bettr. :)
  • lexan1965lexan1965 Posts: 118
    I've got 4700 miles on my Caliber and I'm getting about 29 mpg on a 2.0 fwd. I drive 80 miles round trip a day to and from work and a tank of gas last me 4 days.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    I used to get 35 mpg, on long freeway roadtrips (75mph or under) with the following cars:

    2002 Neon stick shift;
    2004 Scion xA stick shift;
    2004 Chevy Cavalier (ecotec) with stick shift;
    2006 Chevy Cobalt with stick shift (current car)
    2003 Honda Civic coupe with stick shift.
    2005 Focus ZX3 PZEV with stick shift

    The following cars got me 32 mpg under my 80 mile mostly freeway commute with light to moderate traffic:

    2002 Neon stick shift;
    2004 Scion xA stick shift;
    2004 Chevy Cavalier (ecotec) with stick shift;
    2006 Chevy Cobalt with stick shift (current car)
    2003 Honda Civic coupe with stick shift.
    2005 Focus ZX3 PZEV with stick shift

    The following cars got me 30 mpg under my 80 mile mostly freeway commute with light to moderate traffic:

    2001 VW Golf stick shift;
    2004 Neon automatic;
    2004 VW Golf stick shift;
    the other Focus ZX3 sticks shifts I had (Zetec engine)

    The following cars dropped to 26 mpg if I took long road trips and drove 80mph:

    both VW Golfs

    The following car dropped to 30 mpg if I took long road trips and drove 80 mph:

    the Scion xA

    26 mpg, all conditions:

    2003 Focus ZX3 automatic (2.0 Zetec).

    24 mpg, optimal highway conditions:

    PT Cruisers, 2004 and 2006 both with automatic

    28 mpg, optimal highway conditions:

    2005 Honda CR-V with 5 speed auto

    23.5 mpg, daily commute (80 mile freeway, as above):

    2006 Dodge Carvan SE with 2.4 4 cylinder engine.

    18 mpg, 50/50 city and higway:

    the PT Cruisers (they take a big hit with city driving).

    IN SHORT 26-30 mpg with the Caliber is excellent mileage, given the following factors (i) I am a turtle away from stop lights compared with most of you; (ii) I read the traffic conditions ahead of me on the freeway, and seldom have to brake (just lifting my foot off the gas works) or accelerate hard; (iii) the Caliber is a much heavier, safer car than most of my higher mpg vehicles listed above; (iv) almost all my high mileage numbers (except the CR-V and Neon) come from stick shift vehicles - automatics really slam the mileage, I don't care what the EPA says in comparing stick shifts and automatics. The CVT in the Caliber is supposed to be more efficient in the Caliber, but apparently only improves city cycle mileage, not freeway mileage, over a conventional automatic.

    In short, enjoy the car, don't stress.
  • kato1kato1 Posts: 64
    "IN SHORT 26-30 mpg with the Caliber is excellent mileage, given the following factors (i) I am a turtle away from stop lights compared with most of you; (ii) I read the traffic conditions ahead of me on the freeway, and seldom have to brake (just lifting my foot off the gas works) or accelerate hard"

    WHAT!!!???, you consider 26-30 mpg excellent mileage, AND you drive conservatively!!! sorry, this car is a compact car. the matrix has pretty much equal cargo capacities and blows the caliber away as far as mileage. ive driven a couple and they were a blast to drive as well. i hate to see what caliber owners who dont drive conservatively get for mileage. i just got back from a 265 mile trip with my corolla--44.3 MPG and i am only willing to say this is acceptable: i could probably have driven a little slower and done better.

    "(iii) the Caliber is a much heavier, safer car than most of my higher mpg vehicles listed above;"

    several of those cars similarly equipped as the caliber get similar crash test results

    why does chrysler offer such PATHETIC gas mileage in their vehicles. i dont have the answer, but perhaps there are a plethora of chrysler owners feeling that an anemic 26-30 mpg is excellent. the caliber is not fast anyway, so why cant it be reasonably fuel efficient?

    sorry to rant, but in no way, shape, or form can 26-30 mpg be considered acceptable in this segment. it is just SAD, SAD, SAD people accept this from chrysler products. it is particularly bad timing as well, considering the state of gasoline prices.

    a good analogy is chicago cubs fans who keep filling wrigley field year after year even though there is a poor product on the field. they are all there for the "atmosphere" but in the end the product is still a loser.

    chrysler owners: demand better, and maybe they will build something that doesn't insult your intelligence.

    the caliber offers nothing over the competition, and they've had several years (matrix/vibe came out in 2002) to engineer and build something more competitive.

    i may come off as a toyota owning snob, but on the contrary i would love to see the big 3 step up to the plate, but they always seem to be lagging behind, and in the case of the caliber, lagging far behind. this is 2006. i just passed a gas pump that read $3.01 for regular. your most fuel efficient car needs not be such a JOKE!
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